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ÉVORA - Portuguese Baroque Villancicos (A Corte Musical)

ÉVORA - Portuguese Baroque Villancicos (A Corte Musical)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Rogério Gonçalves

Conductor

A Corte Musical

Ensemble

A Corte Musical

Chamber

Venue:

Reformierte Kirche Gelterkinden, Switzerland

Venue

Record Label
Pan Classics

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 57:28
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ROGERIO GONCALVES

1 

Ponteio barroco

05:19
     
 

PEDRO VAZ REGO

2 

Amante Deus da minh'alma (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

03:52
     
 

ANONYMOUS

3 

A la villa voy [Cancioneiro d'Elvas, ca. 1570] (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

03:38
     
 

FRANCESCO CAVALLI

4 

Ameacas o morrer (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

04:19
     
 

MANUEL DOS SANTOS

5 

Mas no ay que admirar (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

03:41
     
 

ROGERIO GONCALVES

6 

Lundu da corte (arr. R. Goncalves for chamber ensemble)

04:24
     
 

MIGUEL DA NATIVIDADE

7 

O que assombro (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

03:34
     
 

ANTONIO MARQUES LESBIO

8 

Ya las sombras de la noche a 4 (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

06:16
     
9 

Dime como he de portarme (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

04:52
     
 

ANONYMOUS

10 

Eu e vos, meu doce emprego [Biblioteca Publica de Evora] (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

04:48
     
11 

Pavana [17th century] (arr. R. Goncalves for chamber ensemble)

04:37
     
12 

Sentada ao pe de hum rochedo [Biblioteca Publica de Evora] (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

04:04
     
13 

Suspenda toda a armonia [Biblioteca Publica de Evora] (arr. R. Goncalves for vocal ensemble)

04:04
     
 A Corte Musical Ensemble
  Rogério Gonçalves Conductor


 In the 16th and 17th centuries, the city of Évora was one of the most important centres of Portuguese polyphony. The gothic Cathedral of Évora was the scene of the development of the so-called ’Portuguese School’ which produced many important musicians who were also active in Spain and in the colonies of the New World. The Cathedral archive, housing numerous musical treasures, bears eloquent witness to this and Rogerio Gonçalves and A Corte Musical have now recorded a selection of sacred and secular villancicos from this source. The foundation on which the four singers present this rousing music is a colourful instrumental accompaniment consisting of Spanish harp and Spanish guitar, strings and percussion, amongst other instruments.

 
The villancico was originally a polyphonic Spanish song with a secular subject; it was soon incorporated into the Christian liturgy and frequently used at high holidays and other religious festive days. In the archive of Évora, there are villancicos with Spanish as well as Portuguese texts, which is a rarity. Here, we are well able to observe the cultural variety, individuality and expressiveness of (early) baroque Portuguese music in the alternation between vocal and instrumental music, and in the contrast between secular and sacred works.
 

 "A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of some ravishing and little-known repertoire from the rich collections of the equally ravishing City of Evora... Performances are exemplary - as a group, the singers blend perfectly, but have suitable character for solo coplas. The players improvise like angels, with the continuo providing dazzling rhythmic drive. Definately a must for any collection - one hopes that more of this wonderful music will be recorded soon!"

Alastair Harper - The Early Music Review (No 160) - June 2014




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